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  S.B. No. 1259
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to causes of action for withholding payments of the
  proceeds from the sale of oil and gas production.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 91.402, Natural Resources Code, is
  amended by adding Subsection (b-1) to read as follows:
         (b-1)  A payee does not have a common law cause of action for
  breach of contract against a payor for withholding payments under
  Subsection (b) unless, for a dispute concerning the title, the
  contract requiring payment specifies otherwise.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to an action filed on or after the effective date of this Act. An
  action filed before the effective date of this Act is governed by
  the law applicable to the action immediately before the effective
  date of this Act, and that law is continued in effect for that
  purpose.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1259 passed the Senate on
  April 27, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1259 passed the House on
  May 7, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 142, Nays 0, one present
  not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor